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2.1 Color Variables

Meet Color Variables, a powerful component to create colors that sync up across your document. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to create, edit and manage Color Variables across documents.

Key learnings

  • Any changes you make to a Color Variable will automatically update across all the layers that use it. The same goes for Color Variables in Libraries.

  • Use Color Variables and Layer Styles together to keep colors in your styles consistent and make updates to all of them with a single change.

  • Use numbers in front of Color Variables so they appear in the order that works best for you.

Lesson files

  • How do you duplicate a document?

    To duplicate a document to your Workspace, click on Three dots in the top bar and choose Duplicate to My Drafts. Have fun!


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Joseph Todaro

Head of Video at Sketch

Joseph is our Head of Video at Sketch. He brings over a decade of product, design, and education experience. Before joining Sketch, he was a Senior Product Designer at InVision and was also responsible for the design education courses for InVision Studio and DSM.

While designing in-flight entertainment software at Fuse IFX, he migrated his team to Sketch – a tool that would go on to change the way he works. Eventually, he founded as a side project to share his knowledge and passion for the tool.

Joseph currently teaches UI and UX design at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He continues to share resources with the design community through projects like,, and

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